Career Best Busch North Finish For Ryan Seaman At Adirondack (Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 30, 2005) - Toms River, N.J.'s Ryan Seaman improved his best career finish in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition by one spot on...
Career Best Busch North Finish For Ryan Seaman At Adirondack
(Beaver Falls, N.Y. - July 30, 2005) - Toms River, N.J.'s Ryan Seaman improved his best career finish in NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series competition by one spot on Saturday when he finished ninth in the Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway. He did it the hard way, though, having to start last on the field and work his way through a pit stop to get his first top ten finish of the 2005 season.
While practice was productive for the 22 year-old driver, qualifying turned out to be troublesome as the No. 06 ERS Fleet Repair/Erbe Carting Chevrolet wound up spinning in time trials.
"I went out there and the car got bound up, so I gave a little gas to it and it came around on me," he explained.
Starting shotgun on the 25-car field, Seaman had to make up ground. He got up to fourteenth when caution came out on lap 37 and he made a pit stop for chassis adjustments. Returning to the race in sixteenth, the march to the front continued. He got to tenth place just before the halfway point, and ran as high as sixth place before having to settle for ninth. That is still one spot better than his previous best, which was tenth in the final race of the 2004 season at Dover International Speedway.
"It was a little disappointing to start last," he said after the race. "But when everything was done, we made it as far up as sixth at one point and finished ninth, so it's not a bad night. We made it through the wrecks out there and wound up having a pretty good day. I kind of shot myself in the foot a little bit, I made the call to pit for some adjustments and we made it a little too tight. But I needed to do something, because we were a ton better than we were before we pitted. It wound up hurting me a little bit at the end of the race, though. I had to use the rumble strips on the racetrack to get the car to turn and I had to keep working to get into a rhythm. Once we got a good rhythm going, and that took a good five or six laps to do that, we were in good shape.
"I'm happy," Seaman continued. "We got battling pretty good with Bryon Chew for a couple laps, and we gained a position on him, but on the next restart, we gave that position right back. That's the fun with these double-file restarts. It makes the race a lot more competitive, brings a lot more side-by-side racing, and it's fun to do. These are the kind of finishes that we're looking for. We had a decent week last week at Waterford, and we finished in the top ten this week for our first top ten of the season, so hopefully we can only go forward from here."
Seaman's season continues on Wednesday, August 10th when the Busch North Series makes its second and last appearance at Stafford Motor Speedway for the running of Full Fendered Wednesday. That race will be taped and broadcast on SpeedTV on Friday, August 26th at 2:00 P.M.